Many women have misconceptions when it comes to the prospect of adding a weight routine to their exercise regimen.
For example, there seems to be a common myth that lifting weights will transform you into a bodybuilder, laden with bulky muscles. Although this is indeed a goal for some women, it takes a lot more than lifting weights to bulk up.
Ladies, you shouldn’t allow these virtually baseless rumors to hold you back, especially considering the many benefits you stand to gain by adding weights to your fitness routine.
Rather than paying heed to rumors, you might want to first discover just what will happen when you start lifting weights, and here are some positive side effects that could just have you heading for the weight bench, or more likely for the squat rack, the next time you go to the gym.
Here are 5 benefits of weight lifting for the girls:
Remember, building muscle does not mean getting huge. It actually means elevating your metabolism, tightening your buns, and firming your abs.
Get TonedBuild Muscles.
Most women worry that lifting any amount of weight will result in the development of a mannish physique. But the truth is that you have near-total control of the results depending on how you choose to exercise. In addition, your build and the diet you consume both play a role in your relative ability to bulk.You’ll actually have to work really hard to bulk up if you decide that’s what you want. Lifting small amounts of weight with a lot of reps will help to tone and strengthen your muscles, and when you progress to lifting heavier weights, you won’t be able to add muscle mass unless you bump up the number of calories you consume and eat the right kinds of food (mainly protein).
Adding weights to your workout will basically just help you to get the tight, toned body you’re looking for, sooner rather than later.
- Burn fat.
As you may or may not know, muscle burns more calories than fat, so if you want to lose fat without changing your diet (or make the most of your diet plan), adding weights to your fitness routine is an absolute must since it helps to boost your metabolism, burn of the calories you consume, and even start getting rid of the fats that your body is keeping on reserve.
- Increase health.
You might think that cardio exercise is much more beneficial to your overall health than weight training, but the truth is that using both only multiplies your health benefits.
For example, strong muscles can help to support your body, easing aches, pains, and even arthritis. And when you reduce body fat you can also decrease your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and other silent killers. Bet you didn’t know you could get all that from adding weights to your workout.
- Reduce the risk of injury.
Even if you’re not bulking, lifting weights can strengthen and tone the muscles you do have, supporting your entire frame, including your bones, joints, and internal organs. This can help to significantly reduce the risk of injury and allow you to push your body to new and expanding physical limits.
Weight lifting is really good for older folks as well, since heavy resistance training strengthens bones. Calcium supplements are no replacement for regular weight lifting.
- Look better.
When women diet and exercise, they may be concerned about their health and fitness, but many are also interested in improving their appearance. And while dieting can certainly aide in weight loss, exercise, including weight lifting, can help you to lose inches and tighten and tone your whole body so that it looks better in every garment.
One fad diet after another could land you in an eating disorder treatment center before you achieve the body shape you desire, but adding weight training to your exercise regimen will ensure that you get the toned trunk and limbs and the flab-free frame you thought was impossible.
Keep all of this in mind when you decide how to structure your training program. Crossfit could be a great solution, but if you don’t have the time or money to invest into Crossfit, you could simply kick start your weight loss with the Project Shred diet, and train using the Fat Loss for Women workout routine.
Doing this will work so much more effectively than regular dieting and endless cardio, or super-light resistance training that is usually meant for ‘toning’. Lift hard, squat and deadlift heavy, do pull-ups, and before you know it, you will have a super slim, super tight physique, with a booty like a bowling ball.